One of the hallmarks of freedom is travel and engagement. As Americans, we have wide access to modes of transportation and venues through which to engage on a daily basis. At least we did. When Covid-19 struck and governments around the world reacted poorly against the science, we entered a new phase of human existence. Even in America, our freedoms are being ripped away one by one.
California, known for its penchant for radical leftism, has a few rural areas spread across the state that are conservative. But there has been on metro area that has maintained “moderate” status, if not mildly conservative. Orange County, between Los Angeles and San Diego counties, has been the reddest metro area in the state until recently. And while the shift towards political conservatism has begun again with Republican wins in the 2020 election, the bureaucracy is still quite blue. Case-in-point: The current push to force vaccine passports onto the residents. According to ABC7:
As Orange County moves toward fewer restrictions and more openings, the OC Health Care Agency is hoping to help make it safer and give people peace of mind with a digital passport that will prove vaccination status and test results.
The agency briefly made the announcement last week, saying it will launch the pilot program this month. The county says it can be used for travel, attractions, conferences or meetings, concerts, sports, school and more.
The digital passport is already visible on the Othena app, which is Orange County’s official home for scheduling vaccine appointments.
It’s a tool that will likely start appearing more and more through a platform called CommonPass, currently in the trial stage. It can be accessed through other apps and services, which will potentially allow people to show it to get into a concert or to get on a plane.
The push for authoritarian rule is happening in various places around the country, but Orange County was supposed to be more freedom-oriented. Apparently, that’s no longer the case. And while it benefits the travel industry, some leaders are already speaking out.
“It sounds good, but the bottom line, logistically – a nightmare, it’s discriminatory and many people, like I’ve had COVID, I’ve got antibodies, and my doctor tells me the chances of me getting COVID is like zero,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow.
“So I think there’s many other things that people have to look at and be sure – not just vaccine, that’s not the only answer,” Dow said. “But we’re glad to see people getting the vaccine, cause it’s giving people the confidence to travel.”
Orange County and other areas across the country are pushing towards vaccine passports that will allow people access to what they need, all the while saying the experimental drugs aren’t effective enough for us to even take off our masks. This is lunacy.
‘The Purge’ by Big Tech targets conservatives, including us
Just when we thought the Covid-19 lockdowns were ending and our ability to stay afloat was improving, censorship reared its ugly head.
For the last few months, NOQ Report has appealed to our readers for assistance in staying afloat through Covid-19 lockdowns. The downturn in the economy has limited our ability to generate proper ad revenue just as our traffic was skyrocketing. We had our first sustained stretch of three months with over a million visitors in November, December, and January, but February saw a dip.
It wasn’t just the shortened month. We expected that. We also expected the continuation of dropping traffic from “woke” Big Tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, but it has actually been much worse than anticipated. Our Twitter account was banned. One of our YouTube accounts was banned and another has been suspended. Facebook “fact-checks” everything we post. Spotify canceled us. Why? Because we believe in the truth prevailing, and that means we will continue to discuss “taboo” topics.
The 2020 presidential election was stolen. You can’t say that on Big Tech platforms without risking cancelation, but we’d rather get cancelled for telling the truth rather than staying around to repeat mainstream media’s lies. They have been covering it up since before the election and they’ve convinced the vast majority of conservative news outlets that they will be harmed if they continue to discuss voter fraud. We refuse to back down. The truth is the truth.
The lies associated with Covid-19 are only slightly more prevalent than the suppression of valid scientific information that runs counter to the prescribed narrative. We should be allowed to ask questions about the vaccines, for example, as there is ample evidence for concern. One does not have to be an “anti-vaxxer” in order to want answers about vaccines that are still considered experimental and that have a track record in a short period of time of having side-effects. These questions are not allowed on Big Tech which is just another reason we are getting cancelled.
There are more topics that they refuse to allow. In turn, we refuse to stop discussing them. This is why we desperately need your help. The best way NOQ Report readers can help is to donate. Our Giving Fuel page makes it easy to donate one-time or monthly. Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal as well. We are on track to be short by about $5300 per month in order to maintain operations.
The second way to help is to become a partner. We’ve strongly considered seeking angel investors in the past but because we were paying the bills, it didn’t seem necessary. Now, we’re struggling to pay the bills. We had 5,657,724 sessions on our website from November, 2020, through February, 2021. Our intention is to elevate that to higher levels this year by focusing on a strategy that relies on free speech rather than being beholden to progressive Big Tech companies.
During that four-month stretch, Twitter and Facebook accounted for about 20% of our traffic. We are actively working on operating as if that traffic is zero, replacing it with platforms that operate more freely such as Gab, Parler, and others. While we were never as dependent on Big Tech as most conservative sites, we’d like to be completely free from them. That doesn’t mean we will block them, but we refuse to be beholden to companies that absolutely despise us simply because of our political ideology.
We’re heading in the right direction and we believe we’re ready talk to patriotic investors who want to not only “get in on the action” but more importantly who want to help America hear the truth. Interested investors should contact me directly with the contact button above.
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